Should I Stay or Should I go


By Robert Wachtel

I’d like to bring you something cute from WSOB Prague. The WSOB format was best two-of-three 7 point matches. I was leading 5 to 2 in the first match of the second round. My opponent doubled me quite early. I had to take, but things went very well for him indeed. I had nothing but a busted ace point game as we reached an ugly version of the coup classique:

backgammon position

backgammon position

I was in danger of being backgammoned and losing the match outright, but I finally had a bit of luck. My opponent rolled a six-ace, leaving a double blot. I hit him, picked up the second checker, and was even able to close my 4 point. But then things started slipping away again. He hit me a few times, came in with both men with 66, and ran around the board some more. Finally we reached this weird position as I rolled a 2-1.

backgammon posiiton

backgammon posiiton

A new variation of the stay-or-go decision which was the theme of my only backgammon book, In the Game Until the End, written fifteen years ago: should you come out to the 18 point with both checkers, conceding the gammon but saving the backgammon; run with one from the 19 point; or leave them both in place and just move 12/9? A backgammon loses the match for you, a gammon puts you down 6-5 at Crawford; a gammon save leaves you ahead 5-4, and a miraculous win wins the match as well. What would you do?

I stayed with both checkers, moving 12/9. My opponent responded with a 6-6, winning the match outright. No soon had my doom been sealed than one of those ambulance-chasing spectators who always seem to find me at these moments volunteered that he would have come out with both men. As if I cared!

For the record, staying back with both checkers as I did is right:


At this score gammon saves trade about equally with backgammon losses: the one gains about 30% match equity while the other loses about the same. But gammon saves occur far more often than backgammon losses with the correct play.посуда онлайнматчиsmoking hookahsкурс валют по годамnjhhtyn uaenglishvacation rentals hallandale beach floridaistanbulкупить доднуюсотейникеchineseapartmentноутбукшины 205 55 r18 летние купитьночной24option websitebanc de binary uk contactрецепты жаренойluxury mansions floridaлетние шины амтел ценамонопод цена москвакаталог ноутбуков asusкупить ноутбук asus 4 ядраICQchitat-soobshenijaсимс бесплатно игратьсетевойvzlomat-pochtu.comскачатьвзлома денег в играхaircrackng.ruwifiскачатьtokarev-sg.comтамада для корпоративовodnomonster.comwifihacker.ruОблачное хранилище яндексприложениескачать lego star wars tcs на андроидчитать чужие смс сообщения взломатьскачатьhackaskкачатьпродвижение нового сайтакопирайтерgetgoodlinksхарьков сегодня

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